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Domino’s Rolls Out Self-Service Ordering Kiosks at Tropicana

Students in Private Residence Halls Tropicana Del Norte and Tropicana Gardens now have the convenience of ordering their favorite Domino’s food at their fingertips.

Los Angeles–February 15, 2013 – In order to maximize Domino’s presence and accessibility to UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) students living in Isla Vista, local Domino’s franchisee Mark Talarico needed an innovative solution. With the rollout of EMN8-powered self-service kiosks, and the help of a local student housing company, he was able to get just that – more food delivered to more students in a quick, convenient, affordable and easily-managed fashion.

Starting this semester Tropicana Student Housing residents have the ability to order Domino’s right from kiosks located in their residence halls. The added convenience provides Talarico with a solution that addresses student needs while simultaneously offering a smarter, more streamlined system to manage customer orders.

“The Tropicana Student Housing kiosk installation enhances Domino’s footprint in Isla Vista and allows us to drive more sales through EMN8’s QSR solution,” said Talarico, Owner of Domino’s Pizza in Isla Vista, CA. “We’re excited to deliver this new offering to the community along with exclusive discounts and promotions to area residents craving the fresh taste of Domino’s pizza.”

“The UCSB students and Santa Barbara City College students who live in our residence halls are up at all hours studying,” said Dave Wilcox, Executive Director of Tropicana Student Housing. “As a private student housing company we are always looking for new and innovative ways to keep our residents happy. We found the latest cutting edge technology provided by Domino’s and EMN8 helped further this goal.”

Students of the residence halls have also expressed excitement about the kiosks, an offering that is quickly growing in popularity because of their relative ease of use and special discounts available to those that use them: there is no dialing, no waiting; simply place the order and EMN8’s technology takes care of the rest.

“What’s great is you get deals, and not have to speak on the phone with the operator like in the past. Plus, my building has two kiosks so depending where you’re located in the building, it’s very convenient,” mentioned Ryan Fluence, a student at Santa Barbara Community College.

“When I first touched the screen a woman spoke to me explaining my options. There were a ton of options! I also noticed it gave me a reasonable delivery time. The machine was very convenient and easy to use! It helped me with every step of the way. I think every building should have one of these! Very cool,” said Giana Olivieri, a UCSB student.

As the quick service industry in the United States reached $160 billion in 2011, Domino’s ranked #12 in the US and is currently the #2 pizza franchise. Through a partnership between EMN8 and Domino’s, Domino’s franchises have seen an increase in revenue and are working to expand the availability of the solution to additional markets in 2013 based on positive test rollouts.

About EMN8

EMN8 Inc. designs, builds and delivers self-service platforms for the restaurant and retail industries. The company’s digital solutions increase transactions, while delivering operational efficiencies, enhanced brand engagement, gross margin improvement and customer loyalty. With cross-platform integration across online, in-store kiosk and mobile, EMN8 Inc. provides seamless, multi-channel customer experiences, and products that leverage innovative technology, design, cash and payment card handling, and integration with leading consumer applications. EMN8 Inc. currently supports tens of millions of guest transactions for global and regional brands such as, Burger King, The Counter, CPK, Domino’s, and Jack in the Box, KFC, Taco Bell and YUM! Brands International. For information visit www.emn8.com.

About Tropicana Student Housing

Tropicana Student Housing, www.tropicanastudenthousing.com, offers private residence halls and apartments for students attending the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB )and Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). Tropicana Del Norte Residence Hall caters to incoming UCSB freshmen; Tropicana Gardens Residence Hall serves students attending Santa Barbara City College, and the Villas at Tropicana is a college apartment community for upperclassmen. Tropicana Student Housing is also host to more than 90 summer camps annually and has been the proud summer home of Michael Jordan’s Flight School since 1995. For more information, please contact Wendy Ballard, Director of Marketing at (805) 968-0351.

Contact:

Weber Shandwick on behalf of EMN8, Inc.

Kim Kish206-576-5588

kkish@webershandwick.com

Twitter: @EMN8

Facebook: www.facebook.com/EMN8

Tropicana Students Feed More than 10,000 Hungry Children

Santa Barbara, CA – December 1, 2012 – For several hours on a rainy Saturday afternoon, more than 75 Tropicana Student Housing residents and staff  along with UCSB Rugby, UCSB Field Hockey, and SBCC Cheerleaders, teamed up to prepare meal packets for Stop Hunger Now. Tropicana Gardens Café turned into an assembly line to create 10,300 meals of rice, soy protein, dehydrated vegetables and nutrients.

“I’m so proud of the work the volunteers did to pull this off,” says Dave Wilcox, Executive Director of Tropicana Student Housing.  “It was exciting to hear the gong sound whenever we reached the milestone of another 1,000 meals completed.” The 10,300 meals that the Tropicana students and staff assembled will be distributed to Guatemala through Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief agency that ships them to school feeding programs in developing countries.

Stop Hunger Now coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world, with a mission to end hunger in our lifetime. Stop Hunger Now’s meal packing program began in 2005, and since then, more than 100,000 volunteers have packaged nearly 30 million meals to feed the world’s impoverished.

View more news coverage of the event at the Daily Nexus and KEYT.

About Tropicana Student Housing

Tropicana Student Housing operates private residence halls and apartments for students attending the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) in Santa Barbara, California.  Tropicana Del Norte Residence Hall (www.tropicanadelnorte.com), conveniently located adjacent to UCSB’s Main Campus is a small and friendly community with spacious suite-style units, an unlimited meal plan and resort-style living. Villas at Tropicana (www.villasattropicana.com) is an Isla Vista apartment community that caters to upperclassmen with furnished apartments and flexible leasing options. Tropicana Gardens (www.tropicanagardens.com), located an express bus ride away from Santa Barbara City College, is a private residence hall that provides an attractive alternative to apartments for SBCC students with its suite-style units and social and recreational activities organized by its large team of energetic RAs. For more information, please contact Wendy Ballard, Director of Marketing at (805) 968-0351 or WBallard@tropicanastudenthousing.com.

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Tropicana Student Housing named Official Student Housing Sponsor of UCSB Athletics

Santa Barbara, CA – September 4, 2012 – Tropicana Student Housing and UCSB Athletics announced a new multi-year marketing agreement. Tropicana Student Housing has been named the Official Student Housing Sponsor of UCSB Athletics.

“Tropicana has been a long-time supporter of UCSB Athletics,” said Executive Director Dave Wilcox. We have been home to hundreds of UCSB student athletes over the years. We want to recognize UCSB Athletics’ contribution to our success and to be a part of their winning tradition. We are happy to take be taking our relationship with UCSB Athletics to the next level. You won’t find a more enthusiastic group of Gaucho Locos than our Tropicana residents!”

“We are thrilled to have Tropicana Student Housing as our partner and grateful for their support for the next three years.” Cabe Flesher, General Manager, Nelligan Sports Marketing.

About Tropicana Student Housing

Tropicana Student Housing offers private residence halls and apartments for students attending the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). Tropicana Del Norte Residence Hall caters to incoming UCSB freshmen; the Villas at Tropicana is a college apartment community geared toward upperclassmen and Tropicana Gardens Residence Hall serves SBCC students. Tropicana Student Housing is also host to more than 70 summer camps annually and has been the proud summer home of Michael Jordan’s Flight School since 1995. For more information, please contact Wendy Ballard, Director of Marketing at (805) 968-0351 or WBallard@tropicanastudenthousing.com.

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Tropicana Student Housing Announces Apple iPad Sweepstakes Winner

Antonio Castillo Carrera wins the Apple iPad Sweepstakes
 
Isla Vista, CA – June 16, 2012 – Tropicana Student Housing is pleased to announce the winner of the free Apple iPad Sweepstakes drawing. Antonio Castillo Carrera is the randomly-selected prize winner and will receive the new Apple iPad, valued at $499. The sweepstakes was open to individuals who signed up online, entered in person at Tropicana Del Norte, or who entered via mail.
 
“Our team here at Tropicana Student Housing would like to congratulate the winner and everyone who participated in this contest through submitting an entry online, by mail or in person after taking a tour of Tropicana Del Norte, our residence hall for UCSB freshman and continuing students,” said David Wilcox, Executive Director. “We are excited to offer the Apple iPad as our sweepstakes prize and hope the winner will find this tool useful in his academic studies.”

About Tropicana Student Housing

Tropicana Student Housing operates private residence halls and apartments for students attending the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) in Santa Barbara, California.  Tropicana Del Norte Residence Hall (www.tropicanadelnorte.com), conveniently located directly adjacent to UCSB’s Main Campus is a small and friendly community with spacious suite-style units, an unlimited meal plan and resort-style living. Villas at Tropicana (www.villasattropicana.com) is an Isla Vista apartment community that caters to upperclassmen with furnished apartments and flexible leasing options. Tropicana Gardens (www.tropicanagardens.com), located an express bus ride away from Santa Barbara City College, is a private residence hall that provides an attractive alternative to apartments for SBCC students with its suite style units and social and recreational activities organized by its large team of energetic RAs. For more information about housing options for UCSB and SBCC students, please call 805-968-4319.

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Tropicana Student Housing Wins Goleta Valley Beautiful Award

Tropicana Student Housing and Kitson Landscape Management Winners of Goleta Valley Beautiful Award for Multi Family Residential Category

Goleta, CA –– Tropicana Student Housing and Kitson Landscape Management are proud to announce that Tropicana Del Norte Residence Hall for UCSB Students has been named winner of the 2012 Goleta Valley Beautiful Award for Multi-Family Residential Category for an outstanding contribution to Goleta’s beauty. Tropicana Del Norte is a three story Residence Hall located adjacent to the UCSB campus on El Colegio Rd between Embarcadero Del Norte Road and Stadium Road, just outside the West Gate.

“We are honored by the recognition of Goleta Valley Beautiful,” said Tropicana Student Housing Executive Director, Dave Wilcox. Since our acquisition of the property last year we have worked very hard to make it beautiful for our UCSB student residents by painting and re-landscaping. We would like to thank our friends at Kitson Landscape Management for a job well done.”

Tropicana’s Kent W. Dunn and Sarah Kitson, of Kitson Landscape Management, accept the Goleta Valley Beautiful Award.

Major landscape renovations at the residence hall for UCSB students recently completed included conversion from traditional spray irrigation to a drip system, smart controllers implemented, and water saving MP rotators installed for the small amount of lawn that remained. A large variety of palms and cycads were utilized, along with succulents, black Mexican beach pebbles at entries, bamboo accents on walls, large urns, and a tropical paint scheme on the building.

“This was a very fun and exciting project, said Sarah Kitson, President of Kitson Landscape Management, Inc. “The combination of textures, variety of colors, and overall theme played out very well while the overall goal of sustainability and resource conservation was achieved.”

Kitson Landscape Management, Inc. is a family-owned landscape maintenance business with 97 employees headquartered in Goleta, California. Kitson currently maintains more than 275 major commercial properties in the Goleta and Santa Barbara area. Kitson Landscape Management, Inc is a Santa Barbara County Certified Green Business, an active contributor to the community and the recipient of many awards and recognitions.

Tropicana Student Housing offers private residence halls and apartments for students attending University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and Santa Barbara City College (SBCC).Tropicana Del Norte Residence Hall is located directly adjacent to the UCSB campus, close to lecture halls and athletic venues. Home to a small, diverse community of UCSB students, its convenient location, comfortable suite-style units, excellent food and resort-style amenities (such as heated pool, fitness room, movie theater, recreation room, tanning booth and on-site café), makes it a favorite among incoming UCSB freshmen.

Contact:

Wendy Ballard, Director of Marketing

Tropicana Student Housing, 805-968-0351

WBallard@tropicanastudenthousing.com

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Tropicana Student Housing Announces Video Contest Winners

Current UCSB Student Josephine Nguyen wins the Villas at Tropicana video contest and will receive $5,000 credit towards 2012-2013 housing at the Villas at Tropicana

Isla Vista, CA – February 17, 2012 – Tropicana Student Housing is proud to announce winners of the free Villas at Tropicana video contest. Josephine Nguyen is the grand prize winner, garnering the most votes for her video “Tropicana Love,” and will receive the $5,000 grand prize credit towards housing at the Villas at Tropicana upperclassmen apartments for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The winning video received 917 votes. Coming in as a close second with 617 votes, Amanda Wirth is the second place winner and will receive a 20-Meal Card (a $190 value). Third place winner Robert Deegan will receive 10-Meal Card (a $100 value).

The contest was open to current students eligible to live at the Villas at Tropicana. The contest topic was ‘Why I Want to Live at the Villas.’ Video entries highlighted in 60 seconds or less why a student would want to live at the Villas. Students, friends, family and faculty were involved in the voting process, and could vote for their favorite videos once a day. Voting began February 1st and ended on the 15th, with contest winners chosen by popular vote.

Entries can be viewed online at the Villas at Tropicana website, www.villasattropicana.com.

“Our team here at Tropicana Student Housing would like to congratulate the winners and everyone who participated in this contest through submissions and voting,” said Ben Sample, Executive Director. “We are excited to have the grand prize winner as part of our Villas at Tropicana community.”

All participants will be offered a waiver for the $50 application fee for Villas at Tropicana or toward any Tropicana Student Housing property.

About the Villas at Tropicana

The Villas at Tropicana is an upperclassmen apartment community situated in the heart of Isla Vista. The recently-renovated two-bedroom, two-bathroom furnished apartments are located blocks from the beach, three blocks from UCSB’s campus, and conveniently next to bus stops. The Villas provides flexible leasing options with a combination of life’s essentials, an academic environment and a sense of community. Villas at Tropicana is located at 811 Camino Pescadero in Isla Vista. For more information, call 805-968-4319 or log on to www.villasattropicana.com.

Contact:

Wendy Ballard, Director of Marketing

Tropicana Student Housing, 805-968-0351

WBallard@tropicanastudenthousing.com

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